How I teach
A thorough grounding in technique
I aim to pass on to students a deep understanding of their vocal instrument:
Vocal Anatomy-Understanding the processes of physical coordination required to produce vocal sound efficiently, safely and stably. I understand how contemporary vocal styles pose a particular challenge to these core principles and always seek to minimise risk and ensure healthy vocal practice. I don’t currently do vocal rehabilitation work.
Psychology of Performance-Why do we get nervous during performance? What strategies can we put in place to alleviate nerves? These are some of the questions which students first consider when thinking of the psychology of performance, whether auditioning, gigging or practising for exams. I also encourage students to think about the entire range of thoughts and feelings that they experience in performing and their varied motivations for performing. Understand yourself better and you can channel your energy into your ability to tell a story through song. We can also delve into rehearsal, live performance and recording techniques.
Structured and innovative lessons
Focussed Lessons- I strongly encourage students to take ownership of lessons, keeping in mind a long term vision of what they want to achieve.
Importance of Theory- I’m a member of AOTOS, the Musicians’ Union and regularly attend vocal-teaching conferences and keep up to date with modern voice science.
My goal as a teacher is to eventually become redundant. I think it’s really important to give students the skills to think and act independently over time. In lessons I seek to teach students how to interpret and adjust to the variety of information (auditory, physiological, emotional and purely cognitive) which they must process during performance. A key part of this is teaching the student how to monitor themselves. As Richard Miller states, “Good teaching produces independent singers, capable of trusting their own ears and their own bodies”.
Safe and fun lessons
It can be easy to get hung up on technique, performance and achievement, but singing and singing lessons have to be enjoyable first and foremost! Enjoyable lessons also keep students engaged and focused.
It’s also incredibly important to me that lessons are a safe space to experiment and make mistakes. I teach under-18s and having taught in schools I am fully DBS checked, registered with the update service and have recently undertaken safeguarding training.